The topic I have chosen to do my Presentation on is Underage Drinking. To many people Alcohol is just a drink, but it is something more then that, it is a deadly drug. 60% of teenagers have tried alcohol before the age of 14, and the numbers of binge drinking teens is rising. Teenagers develop drinking problems for many reasons – because they are bored, due to peer pressure, and simply because there’s nothing else to do. A report last year by the National Drug Research Institute found girls aged 14 to 17 were worse abusers of alcohol than 18 to 24 year old men. Paul Dillon of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre says, “We have at least twice as many young people who were dying as a result of alcohol consumption, maybe even treble the number, than illicit drugs”. In other Statistics it shows that 80 percent of under 18-year-olds drink, 50 percent binge drink. Around 10 percent of 12-year-olds drink regularly. Four percent will become alcohol dependent by their late teens. The media does not cover this topic enough, they might publish a story on it once ever so often but the media focuses more on illicit drugs then Alcohol. As of late there has been a lot of advertisement on Television, which stems from the Government Based Campaign called “National Alcohol Campaign”. Messages they are trying to get out about excessive drinking is as follows, Excessive drinking can lead to alcohol related harm, This harm may include health problems, possible injury, violence and social problems relating to breakdown of relationships. People for this would be mainly filled of teenagers who want to go out and have a drink with some mates and relax. Where as the people who are against underage teen drinking is the Police who are usually called to help stop alcohol fuelled violence at parties. Parents who are worried about there child going out and drinking and what could happen to them while they are under the influence of drugs. The g…
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